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Coronavirus

Indonesia's colossal task: Vaccinating 181m people in 15 months

Ambitious plan to achieve herd immunity faces numerous logistical obstacles

A health care worker administers a dose of Sinovac's vaccine during a mass vaccination of medics at the Istora Senayan stadium in Jakarta on Feb. 4.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia, the Southeast Asian nation hardest hit by COVID-19, has ambitious plans to achieve herd immunity by inoculating 181 million people across the sprawling archipelagic nation in just 15 months.

Nurul Avianti, a medic at a community health center in Kayu Jao, near the city of Padang on the island Sumatra, was one of the first in the country to be vaccinated in January.

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